The UK is hosting for the first time in more than two decades – on behalf of last year’s winners Ukraine – with tickets going on sale on Tuesday.

They are expected to be in extremely high demand, meaning many will unfortunately miss out on the chance to attend.

However, if you are lucky enough to secure them here is everything you need to know about the Liverpool venue, and what to expect from the competition.

Where is Eurovision 2023 being held?

The show takes place at the Liverpool Arena, also known as M&S Bank Arena, which has a maximum capacity of 11,000.

A public bidding process for the contest saw cities from all corners of the UK express interest, with Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield all making the initial shortlist.

Cities were expected to meet a number of requirements to host, including having a suitable arena capable of hosting thousands of fans, a nearby airport and transit system equipped to handle a flow of arrivals, and enough hotel rooms to cater for everyone who will attend: a large staff and production crew, roughly 40 national delegations, as well as the media and fans who follow the contest across Europe.

Liverpool’s relationship with sister city Odesa, in Ukraine, is said to have played a key part in the decision to choose it as host.

How many Eurovision tickets are there?

Eurovision has not announced exactly how many tickets are being sold. However, including the previews and semi-finals there are nine separate shows, meaning there are likely to be roughly 100,000 tickets in total.

The Grand Final of Eurovision will take place on Saturday 13 May, 2023.

The two semi-finals will are on Tuesday 9 May and Thursday 11 May, which whittle down the roughly 40 entrants to the top 26 seen on the big night.

Here is the full schedule:

  • Monday 8 May – First semi-final, jury show
  • Tuesday 9 May (afternoon) – First semi-final, family show
  • Tuesday 9 May (evening) – First semi-final
  • Wednesday 10 May – Second semi-final, jury show
  • Thursday 11 May (afternoon) – Second semi-final, family show
  • Thursday 11 May (evening) – Second semi-final
  • Friday 12 May – Grand final, jury show
  • Saturday 13 May (afternoon) – Grand final, family show
  • Saturday 13 May (evening) – Grand final

How do you get to Liverpool Arena?

It is easy to reach the arena by car or by public transport. It is found on Liverpool’s famous Royal Albert Dock, and the postcode is L3 4BX.

If you are driving from the South, leave the M6 at junction 21A and take the M62 to Liverpool. At the end of the M62, follow signs for Liverpool city centre along Edge Lane, before picking up and following the brown on white tourist route signs for the Waterfront. 

If you are driving from the North, leave the M6 at junction 26 and follow signs for M58 Liverpool. Continue to the end of the M58 and then follow signs for A59 Liverpool. Continue to follow signs for Liverpool city centre, until brown on white tourist route signs for the Waterfront appear. The Kings Dock car park and all other onsite parking is signposted “Waterfront” on the citywide “available spaces” signage.

The arena is a short taxi or bus ride away from Liverpool Lime Street rail station.

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Who is presenting Eurovision 2023?

British TV star Alesha Dixon, actress Hannah Waddingham and Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina will host the Eurovision Song Contest alongside returning favourite Graham Norton, it has been announced.

Broadcaster Zoe Ball, 52, announced the news on her BBC Radio 2 breakfast show on Wednesday 22 February.

She said: “Last time the Eurovision was in the UK back in 1998 hosted by our dear Sir Terry Wogan and Ulrika Johnson, last year in Turin of course Alessandro Cattelan, Laura Pausini and Mika, in those fabulous bright suits.

“On the TV hosting the Eurovision Song Contest final in Liverpool will be Alesha Dixon, the Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina, the award-winning actress from Ted Lasso and Games Of Thrones Hannah Waddingham and someone you may well know, Mr Graham Norton.

“While Graham is on the TV because he’ll be doing the presenting, he will have a little bit of help from the commentary box – Mel Giedroyc will be there as well, on hand to be his glamorous assistant.”

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